The Eastern Ontario Senior Hockey League championship cup could be presented tonight, if the Cornwall Prowlers can prevail on home ice over the West Carleton Rivermen.
Friday evening on the road, Storm Adams scored the game-winner, with just two seconds remaining in the game, to give the Prowlers the series lead, as Cornwall skated to a 7-6 comeback victory.
Entering the third period, the Prowlers held a 4-3 edge, until the Rivermen drew even 3:29 in. Jacob Dawson restored the lead two minutes later, but West Carleton wasn’t done, potting a pair to move in front, 6-5.
At the 15:05 mark Brian Landry found the target to get the Prowlers back on even terms, before Adams scored the late game-winner.
Cornwall’s offence began the contest clicking on all cylinders, as the Prowlers opened up a 4-0 lead, on two goals each from Marc Andre Labelle and Adams.
West Carleton got two back in the latter stages of the period and added another in the second stanza.
Cornwall goaltender Frederic Roy made 41 saves, while the Prowlers had 31 shots on Rivermen netminder Dave Stathos.
Despite Cornwall having five power-play opportunities and three for West Carleton, neither side scored with the man advantage.
Prowlers earning assists were JP Carey (2), Tristan Perreault-Gagnon (2), Jesse Fontaine (2), Labelle, Brandon Watt, Dylan Stacey, and Devon Burns.
The series, a best-of-five affair, sees Cornwall with a two-games-to one edge heading home to the multi-sport complex (rink 1) for a February 29 contest, at 7:30 p.m.
For a reminder on how we got to this point, please see this story about games last weekend.